CPCU, or Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter, is an advanced degree in insurance. After several years and several exams, I finally achieved mine. The Insurance industry has many different designations, but CPCU is the grand-daddy of them all.
I'm glad to have it, and this study has exponentially increased my knowledge of the commercial insurance industry. If you are a new agent, I highly recommend that you take the plunge. If you are a policyholder, make sure you are using an agent who has one. We CPCUs can't wait to shower you with knowledge.
For more reading on the CPCU designation, please visit the American Institute for CPCU, http://aicpcu.org/.